About Daniel K. Isaac
Daniel K. Isaac is an American actor. He is best known for portraying Ben Kim in a recurring role on Billions.
Fullerton, California, the United States of America
Isaac’s parents immigrated from Korea. He got a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from the University of California, San Diego.
In 2015, Isaac became known for getting the hashtag #AccordingToMyMother. This was meant to share comedic stories and conversations concerning his mother. The endeavor became popular enough to finance a TV pilot through Kickstarter. The pilot was also titled According to My Mother with the support of Cathy Yan and Devin Landin.
According to My Mother premiered in 2016, winning Best Drama at the New York Television Festival. Isaac, starring in the production, won Best Actor in a drama.
In 2016, Isaac was cast as Ben Kim in Billions. As a recurring character, Ben Kim would continue to appear in the series until the present, as it is still airing in 2022. Originally, Ben Kim was meant to only appear in three episodes but was liked by the writers and fans, so he became a series regular.
Isaac has also appeared in Mercy Mistress, produced by Margaret Cho, a web series that explores BDSM.
In films, Isaac began his career in 2011 in Too Big to Fail. He would go on to appear in Money Monster, Urban Teach Now, Eugenia and John, and Drew in 2016. In 2017, he would be in Maggie Black.
On television, he first appeared in Kelsey in 2011, followed by roles in Person of Interest and Believe in 2014. Between 2014 and 2015, he played Justin in Mr. Right. In 2015, he would appear in The Following and Dog Park.
In 2016, in addition to his role as Ben Kim in Billions, where he would appear in over 50 episodes, he was in The Jim Gaffigan Show, Search Party, and more. In 2017, he was in Crashing.
In 2019, the actor would become a recurring character in the first season of The Other Two. He would also appear in Indoor Boys and The Deuce.
In theatre, the actor has appeared in plays like Miss Electricity, Shalom Shanghai, Underland, Sagittarius Ponderosa, The Ballad of Little Jo, The Chinese Lady, The Gentleman Caller, and The Chinese Lady.
The actor grew up with a very conservative Korean mother, which became a subject for his writing. He underwent conversion therapy as a teen. As an adult, he reconnected with his mother Esther and used their conversations for the ongoing hashtag and blogging experience that is According to My Mother.
Isaac openly identifies as gay.
The actor was raised by his mother. He was raised bilingual.
According to My Mother, both the hashtag and related writings, as well as the film, draws directly from the bittersweet experiences he had with his mother. In the present, he continues to blog and post about their experiences as thousands follow along to see what Esther has to say about the world.
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